Drug abusers need treatment instead of punishment: Home Minister

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Kathmandu, June 26: Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet has emphasised the need for providing primary treatment to drug abusers instead of punishing them.
Speaking at a programme in the Capital to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 2016 today, the Minister advocated for providing primary treatment to drug abusers as it is their rights to receive treatment. Saying that there is a change in nature and intensity of drug abuse with the development of society, he urged for bringing out reforms in policy related to drug abuse.
On the occasion, Secretary of the ministry Narayan Gopal Malego said that homework has been initiated to amend the Narcotics Drugs (Control) Act, 2033 to keep up with the changing time.
Likewise, presenting data related to drug abuse, Inspector General of Police Upendra Kanta Aryal said that of the total prisoners languishing in different prisons across the country, 30 per cent cases are related to drug abuse.
`Likewise, drug abuse control officer Rameshwor Dangal stressed the need for creating a policy to control drug abuse. RSS

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